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Prop It Up

Welcome to day 7 of our #ElevatedSocialDistancing challenge. Today, Brooke talks to us about the importance of restorative yoga along with how we can use simple household items to practice with. Restorative yoga is a practice that can be practiced anywhere you are with anything you have. It is a practice that isn't focused on a deep stretch or movement. Instead, it is a practice that is focused solely on relaxing the nervous system.

Restorative yoga, a practice that leads the you toward a more healing and recuperative experience, and brings along with it wonderful benefits that are often overshadowed by the popularity and visibility of more dynamic yoga styles. A restorative practice utilizes props and prolonged holding of a few simple shapes to achieve a deep level of relaxation. Some of our favorite benefits include:

  • Helps us learn to slow down

  • Soothes the nervous system

  • Encourages mindfulness

  • Fosters transcendence

  • Cultivates heightened body awareness

  • Deepens self-awareness and introspection

  • Creates deliberateness of actions

  • Strengthens acceptance

  • Helps you feel safe and nurtured

Get Started

For today's challenge you'll get into your favorite restorative shape. Hint: this can pretty much be anything you want! With restorative yoga, there aren't many rules other than grab blankets, blocks, bolsters, pillows, etc. and wherever there is space between you and the ground, tuck in a prop! Spend 5-7 minutes focusing on your breath in your restorative shape and then reflect on how your body was able to relax from the time you got into the shape until you made your way out.

Props you can use at home:

  • Blankets

  • Pillows

  • Couch cushions

  • Towels

  • Books

  • The wall or edge of a couch or bed

To learn more about how you can use props in your practice at home, check out this short video from Brooke:

How do I join the challenge?

It's simple and free to join the 10-day challenge. Simply head over to our Instagram to get started. Be sure to follow each of our hosts and sponsors and then participate daily by posting your variation of the daily 'thang, tagging all hosts and sponsors and using our #ElevatedSocialDistancing tag so we can find you. At the end, there are some prizes you could win! Who doesn't love some fun prizes? And, you'll find motivation, inspiration, and maybe bring some new, healthy routines into your day.

Questions? text us (602) 456-2762 or email us

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